Letter to the Editor

Writer sees better future for Bowling Green, its bridge

Monday, July 4, 2016

To the editor:

To any and all interested parties:

On June 20 my cousin and I went to Gnaw Bone's flea markets, visited the Brown County Winery and had lunch in Nashville, Indiana. We had a great time and are planning on going back soon.

As we came through Nashville that morning, I pointed out the Salt Creek Park. That's where they want to take our bridge," I told her.

Later, after having lunch in Nashville and seeing all the interesting little shops the town had to offer, it hit me.

I said, "Bowling Green could be like this!"

I cannot tell you how frustrated I have been since we learned of INDOT's plan for the Bowling Green Bridge. I will not go into all of that here except to say that I find it hard to comprehend that the Bowling Green area cannot see the opportunities for economic development that would accompany bicyclists, canoers, travelers just taking a break on their journey stopping in Bowling Green because of the roadside park/river access point that could be created at the bridge.

As I understand it, most opposition is based on the idea of taxation. Whether the bridge stays or goes, we will pay taxes for it. I have heard nothing concerning any extra taxes involved in keeping the bridge.

Back to my point -- that weekend I got a glimpse of what could be for Bowling Green. I was excited by the idea. I'm not the only one. I just wish our county leadership had the vision to see this. But they don't seem to see anything happen beyond Brazil.

One thing is clear -- nothing will happen if the Bowling Green Bridge is moved. I fear our first county seat will continue to wither and die.

PS. The commissioners stated that the majority of the people didn't want the bridge. Were you asked? I wasn't and neither was anyone I've talked to.

"It ain't over, 'til it's over,: folks.

Call your commissioner and county council member -- they work for us.

Karen E. Stearley, Center Point